Thursday, May 11, 2006

Whaddya Wanna Bet They Squander It?

Right now, with Bush's ratings flushing ever closer to the 20's%, the Dems are enjoying a significant lead in polls. From CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A CNN poll released Wednesday may continue the anxiety for the GOP, showing Democrats with a 14-point advantage over Republicans among registered voters asked their preferences in this year's midterm elections.

The poll, conducted for CNN by Opinion Research Corp., found that 52 percent of respondents who were registered voters said they were leaning toward voting for a Democrat, while 38 percent said they were leaning toward a Republican.

But knowing the Democrats, they'll mumble and bumble around, fail to come up with a definitive voice that sets them apart from the Republicans, and the races this fall will be closer than they ought to be.

I still think things look bad for the Republicans - they've done so much wrong - this should be a shoo-out of the Ghastly Oligarchy Party and a shoo-in for people with new and better plans and some sense of morality and courage.

But I have my doubts.

UPDATE: With the announcement today that three telecommunication firms provided the National Security Agency with domestic telephone call records from tens of millions of Americans, and added to that the big stock market dip, I'd say there's a good chance that within a week or two, Bush will reach that 29-ish% approval rating.

UPDATE II: No sooner were the words off my fingers than Wasp Jerky points out it's true:

NEW YORK President Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to 29%, its lowest mark of his presidency, and down 6% in one month, according to a new Harris poll. And this was before Thursday's revelations about NSA phone surveillance.

Of 1,003 U.S. adults surveyed in a telephone poll, 29% think Mr. Bush is doing an “excellent or pretty good” job as president, down from 35% in April and 43% in January.

Roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults say “things in the country are going in the right direction,” while 69% say “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track.”


What do you think? Are elections going to be close this fall or will the GOP be tossed like last week's garbage?


hipchickmamma said...

i dunno dan. it saddens me but i think you are correct in believing that the dems will disappoint yet again.

but here's hoping!

Eleutheros said...

Dan:"a shoo-in for people with new and better plans and some sense of morality and courage."

Eh? Which is it to be then, Dan? People with better plans and some sense of morality and courage ... or ... democrats?

Dan Trabue said...

I'm not a member of an organized Party...I'm a Democrat.

-Will Rogers

Maybe they'll grow spines and change colors? As opposed to being Republican-lites? It would be nice to have a two party system again.

Erudite Redneck said...

I think people will be to the point this fall that they'll vote for "other."

Wasp Jerky said...

He hit 29 percent today. Yowza.

Eleutheros said...

Dan:"It would be nice to have a two party system again."

Not only nice, we are going to die politically without it. It's true that Democrats have become "Republican-lites" but alas it's just as true if not truer that Republicans have become "Democrate-lites".

I'm afaid we've all seen the last of any political ideology but globalism.

Marty said...

The Democrats are going to have to really come up with something different for me to cast my vote their way. I'm looking at the "other". But still....those votes can be changed in a twinkling of an eye inside those machines. There is still enough corruption in Washington to pull if off.

the Contrary Goddess said...

Were that anyone had any better ideas.

And would that we had more than 2 parties (although it has been correctly pointed out that we haven't even that).

Of course, the downfall can be pinpointed to the ballot that the state prints. Before that, voters went to the polls and WROTE OUT the name of their choice. Out of anyone. No check marks. No X's. Enforced literacy, of course, but that's not such a bad thing.

Son of Lilith said...

I am a registered Democrat, and probably ideologically a Dem as well. But I'm not going to lie; the two are frigteningly close nowadays. Personally, I wouldn't mind if party labels were stricken from the vernacular. You go on your platform and your platform alone; no more voting straight ticket and what have you. Granted, people might actually have to *gasp* research each candidate and not just go on party loyalty, but is that such a bad thing?

I hope you missed me Dan. If you're missed you're loved, I always say.

Dan Trabue said...

Tis good to hear from you, ya son of a lillith, you. And that's an interesting proposal...I wonder what affect abolishing parties would have?